International Day of Yoga Celebration by SEWA in Los Arcos, San Marcos


By Anuja Deshpande

HOUSTON: To celebrate International Yoga Day, Sewa Houston hosted free yoga sessions on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday July 10 for the residents of the San Marcos and Los Arcos apartment complexes. The San Marcos and Los Arcos apartments house Latino immigrants, and refugees, mostly from Bhutan. People that live in underserved areas tend to have health problems that are not recognized early on due to lack of resources or knowledge. It’s been proven that yoga helps improve health conditions such as high blood pressure, high sugar, depression, and breathing difficulties. Thus, Sewa Houston hosted the free yoga sessions for the residents in order to introduce them to a cost effective way of developing a healthier lifestyle.

The yoga sessions were conducted with the support of Yoga therapists (Roshmi, Madhukar Adi and Hasita) and volunteers (College and High school SEWA interns). People were fascinated by the idea, and kids at the San Marcos complex enjoyed the short yoga practice. Sewa will continue its community outreach to make the residents aware of benefits of yoga and a healthier lifestyle.

Sewa Houston is one of thirty-eight Sewa branches located within the United States. Sewa Houston aims to help those most disadvantaged within its local community with programs focused on refugee empowerment, public health outreach, and improving the education of immigrant and refugee students. Sewa is dedicated to the ideal of “Service above Self”.

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